Member Spotlight – Phillip Moore

Name: Phillip MooreTitle: National Account Manager/ REALTORCompany: AHI Corporate Housing AHI Corporate Housing provides fully furnished apartments for short term stays of 30 days or longer. We work closely with area schools, hospitals, businesses, Real Estate Companies, etc to ensure their clients have a place to live while transitioning to their more permanent home. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?3 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?Being a member of the Propeller Club allows me the opportunity to keep a finger on the pulse of everything happening at the Mobile Port as well as along the Gulf Coast. The connections I have made, and will hopefully make in the future, will be valuable resources I can take with me in my personal and professional development.

Member Spotlight – USA Health Industrial Medicine

At USA Health Industrial Medicine, we specialize in workers’ compensation evaluation, treatment, physical exams, and medical surveillance. Our expert team is ready to meet the needs of employers large and small. We provide acute care services for work-related injuries and preventive care for illnesses. Located at 1976 Michigan Avenue on the Brookley Aeroplex, our clinic provides easy access to employees needing testing and follow-up care when needed. In addition to our facility, our medical team is equipped to provide on-site industrial medicine services at your place of business along the Gulf Coast. Some of our on-site services include worksite evaluations, 24-hour medical coverage/staffing, drug and alcohol testing, hearing tests, immunizations, physical exams, respirator fit tests and more. To schedule our medical team for on-site services at your business, please call us at (251) 660-5910. We are the only industrial medicine clinic in the region backed by the resources of an academic medical center. Being a part of USA Health means also being a part of a system of elite medical teams across multiple locations:USA Health University Hospital – home to the only level I trauma and burn center in the region offering specialized care that cannot be found anywhere else on the gulf coast. A Level I trauma center is required to have 24/7 in house coverage by trauma and neurosurgery attending physicians. USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute – the leading research facility in the region. MCI serves as a center for advanced services in the treatment of cancer with radiation, surgical and medical oncology. USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital – the only hospital in our region dedicated to the care of women and children. We offer unique services to support the continued education of mothers and children, treat chronic illness both in inpatient and outpatient settings, and serve high-risk and surgical patients. When accidents happen, we help your employees get the care they need. We treat your employees in an efficient, economical and convenient manner, so they can return to work as soon as possible and you can reduce lost time and disability. USA Health Industrial Medicine is open Mon – Fri 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with no appointment necessary. Call (251) 660-5910 or for more information.

2021 Member of the Year

Michelle CroweCEO and Founder, e-worc The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc, the 2021 Propeller Club of Mobile, Alabama Member of the Year.  Michelle joined the Club in 2020 and quickly hit the ground running. With a background in marketing and website design, she quickly recognized that the club’s website was antiquated and not functioning at the capacity we needed. Recognizing Michelle’s natural leadership abilities the Board of Governors invited Michelle, and she readily accepted, to a position on the Board as Marketing Chairperson. Working closely with our Webmaster, Richard Tremayne, and Communications Director, Kelly Rushing; Michelle was able to identify problematic functions on our website and found solutions that saved thousands of dollars in fees. She has donated the time of her company and employees to see that the Propeller Club’s web presence and social media presence improve vastly. She has helped create a presence for our club on Linked In and other social media websites.  Not one to sit idle, enjoying the aforementioned success, Michelle created and launched the Waterfront Meetup Social Hour. This was a wholly new idea as the Propeller Club’s only other monthly event were luncheons and she was looking for other ways to bring in younger members. She recognized that some of our membership would also enjoy spending time together after work, socializing and networking. Michelle identified a sponsor for this event and it greatly offset the cost to the members and cost nothing for the club.  Her desire to see the Propeller Club increase membership and become a more inviting group has led to many new, diverse members. Michelle’s energy is contagious and the Board of Governors, in addition to all membership, is blessed to have Michelle’s participation and vision.  It is with great pride and pleasure that we award our Propeller Club Member of the Year for 2021 to Michelle Crowe, CEO and Founder of E-worc.

2021 Maritime Person of the Year

Captain LaDonn Allen, USCG, Sector CommanderCoast Guard Sector Mobile The Governors of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Mobile, Alabama have selected Captain LaDonn Allen, U. S. Coast Guard, Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile as the 2021 Maritime Person of the year  Captain Allen is the Coast Guard Operational Commander for Sector Mobile, which encompasses parts of four states.  This includes 435 miles of coastline, 1,900 miles of inland waterways and five Deepwater ports.  She commanded a force of 680 active duty, 185 reservists, 32 civilians and 390 Auxiliarists, five patrol boats, five Aid to Navigation teams and two inland construction tenders.  Under her superb command, Sector Mobile and its sub units responded to: 3,266 response cases encompassing 886 national response center reports, 774 marine and environmental pollution cases, 112 security incident investigations, 1,306 search and rescue cases with 2,321 lives saved or assisted and $32,057,005 in saved or assisted property, and 553 marine safety casualty investigations Captain Allen has served as the Sector Commandeer since 2019.  In September 2020, we had hurricane Sally and then in October 2020, we had Hurricane Zeta.  Under her watch, Sector Mobile Waterways and Aids to Navigation teams were able to quickly get the aids in place and the channels opened.  She personally coordinated with port officials, pilots’ organizations, Army Corps of Engineers, port officials and many other stakeholders to reassure all that the Sector Mobile US Coast Guard was leading the recovery and reopening.  In her three years in Mobile, she has responded to 8 hurricanes and coordinated the response to over 1200 pollution cases associated with all the hurricanes.  Captain Allen has led the US Coast Guard in the response to the worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  This included establishing policies and procedures to handle vessel arrivals with positive cases.  One of the results of the pandemic was tremendous increase in recreational boating traffic and commensurately, search and rescue cases.  Sector Mobile responded to 421 SAR cases in 2020 and increased to 592 in 2021.  .   In preparation for Brookley field becoming the passenger terminal for the Mobile area in 2024, Captain Allen and Sector Mobile assisted in the planning and execution of a mass rescue exercise simulating a downed passenger aircraft in Mobile Bay, the first of its kind for the area.   Under Captain Allen’s leadership, Sector Mobile prepared for, and executed, the first landing of a manned space capsule in 45 years, the first nighttime water splashdown of a capsule in 53 years, and the splashdown of the longest-duration mission of a U.S spacecraft.  These operations were the first time the CG supported capsule recoveries and were the first landings in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, as part of her role as the Area Maritime Security Coordinator, she established a first of its kind Regional Response Call process for ReCom (DHS Regional Coordinating Mechanism) partners to coordinate responses to emergent maritime threats in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Captain Allen has served as an advisor to the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of Mobile and has been an active participant inmore

Member Spotlight – Lauren Katz-Vales

Lauren Katz-Vales is this month’s member spotlight. Lauren is a new member of The Propeller Club and is the Director of Sales for Inner Parish Security Corporation. IPSC’s goal is to provide the best services for a well-designed, cost-effective security program that protects their clients’ personnel and assets, adds value and provides a competitive edge to their clients and other stakeholders through minimization and mitigation of security incidents. Their staff has the experience necessary as former military, intelligence and law enforcement operatives with a collective experience base extensive enough to meet and exceed any and all requirements. Welcome to the club Lauren.

Member Spotlight – Nikki Hocutt – Seabulk

Name: Nikki HocuttTitle: Operations ManagerCompany: Seabulk We assist vessels docking in ports in the U.S. Gulf, Florida coast and Caribbean. Seabulk’s experience, assets, and dedication to our customers distinguishes us as an industry leader. I manage 30 employees and I oversee every aspect of our operation in the Port of Mobile. How long have you been a member of the Propeller Club?Since December 2005 – 16 years What benefits do you see being a member of the Propeller Club?There are many benefits of being a Propeller Club member but my favorites by far are the friendships I have made and being a part of the wonderful contributions we make to the community. Maintaining membership in a maritime industry club like this one keeps me in touch with other professionals in my area and keeps me well-informed on current events.

Member Spotlight – Hiller Fire Protection Experts

The importance of fire protection in the life of a business cannot be overstated.  Knowing your people, property and assets are protected allows you to focus on your ultimate goal – running a successful company.  As your partner in fire protection, Hiller provides a process that ensures safety, compliance and efficiency. We are dedicated to making sure we take fire safety concerns off your hands and into ours.  As your one source for total protection, we understand what it takes to customize a plan to meet your individual needs within the life cycle of fire protection systems, from design and installation to inspection and maintenance, as well as technology upgrades to comply with new standards. Our experience and our process, coupled with our state-of-the-art technology and our dedication to quality service and products make up The Hiller Difference. We provide a full range of offerings including design, installation, service and maintenance of your fire protection systems. Our service program ensures your routine maintenance, inspections and repairs are performed in a timely manner and that your systems are in compliance with all government standards. Our proprietary technology allows you to schedule, track and view reports of all your services in real-time. CONTACT:844-41-HILLER (844-414-4553)

Member Spotlight – Ross Maritime

One Contact Point, Many Solutions …  It was an idea that Carl Black had in 1997 when he set out to provide the Port of Mobile with a company that could assist a visiting vessel with any need, no matter how big or small. Now, as we approach the 25th anniversary of servicing the Mobile waterfront, that idea rings true daily. With our sister companies, Albert’s Transportation and Bert’s Line Handling; we truly can provide 24-7 service along all fronts. From filing the initial entry documentation, safely mooring and unmooring the vessel, making  deliveries alongside the vessel, or by water when needed; assisting with all crew change arrangements, including the additional measures of today’s COVID protocols, to documenting cargo and ensuring the vessel stays in compliance with the ever changing governmental rules and regulations … we are always available.  We would like to thank everyone who has helped us through these past 25 years and wish everyone well for the next 25. We’ve grown from the Port of Mobile, to now having contacts and abilities all along the Gulf of Mexico … from Tampa, FL to Brownsville, TX; we are still one contact point for many solutions.

Member Spotlight: Altug Basaran of Ship Architects

Ship Architects, Inc. was established in 1999 by Mike Schrider under the name of Schrider and Associates, Inc. Altug Basaran was hired in 2002 as a naval architect to support the company’s functional design services. Altug Basaran, Joe Comer, and Gerald Moore acquired the company in 2006 and changed the name to Ship Architects, Inc. (SAi). The new ownership quickly adopted ShipConstructor software. Production design services such as lofting, nesting, and pipe spools became the company’s primary focus in the following years. Altug Basaran, P.E., became the sole owner of SAi in 2018, with the vision of further developing the functional design services to include concept and contract phases in addition to the well-established production design capabilities.  A larger office building was obtained in 2019 to provide the room needed for the growth. Experienced engineers and capable design technicians have joined SAi’s core group to support the new vision since 2020 Today, Ship Architects, Inc. is a sound group of naval architects, marine engineers, and design technicians who provide engineered solutions in concept development, contract design & construction details to shipyards and vessel owners in Mobile, Bayou La Batre, and across the country. The company’s unique strength comes from its ability to combine our shipbuilding experience and engineering knowledge with our code of conduct to produce technically sound solutions for our clients. The company’s code of conduct demands its employees to: Adhere to schedule and budget, Be transparent about our capabilities and expectations, Communicate with clear verbiage, Design to match the needs of our clients without compromising the security of life and property. Contact SAi at

STI Marine Firestop

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